The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir of approximately 16 men and 16 women, recognized as the premier adult choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region. Dr Mark Bartel is the Artistic Director and Conductor.
Kansas Choral Composition Prize
The winners of the second Kansas Choral Composition Prize are Lyle Stutzman (first-place) for his work, “I Am the Lord”, and Brock Chart (second-place) for “Echo”. The first place selection will be performed by the chorale on April 8th, 2018 at East Heights United Methodist Church, and Stutzman will receive a monetary prize of $1,000. More
Kansas-born Composer Kirke Mechem and the Kansas Choral Composition Prize
Well-known composer and Wichita native Kirke Mechem will serve as an honorary advisor for the Wichita Chamber Chorale’s Kansas Choral Composition Prize. Born August 16, 1925, Mechem was raised in Wichita and Topeka. Following military service in the Second World War, he enrolled at Stanford University as an English major, where his interest in composition was piqued during a harmony course, and he changed his major to music. After completing a graduate degree at Harvard University, Mecham’s career has taken him to Stanford, Vienna, and then finally to San Francisco where he lives today. He currently serves as composer-in-residence at the University of San Francisco and has been a regular guest composer and conductor throughout the country.While Mechem’s works have covered almost every genre, his most notable are for voice and choir, and he has been called the “dean of American choral composers”. One of his most widely performed works is his three-act opera Tartuffe. Rooted in Kansas history, the opera John Brown was premiered in 2008 by Lyric Opera Kansas City. His anthem Christmas the Morn will be performed at the Wichita Chamber Chorale Sounding Joy concerts in December.